Pilots transitioning to the 747-8 from the 747-400 will feel instantly at home but will benefit from major advances in avionics and systems When Boeing firsttouted its glass-cockpit 747-400 in the mid-1980s, Stewart John, revered chief engineer of Cathay Pacific Airways, urged retention of the three-crew analog cockpit for commonality. John did not get his way on that issue, but the pressure not to mess with things that work well  has been a constant challenge for Boeing as it ...

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